Work of Irish designers and makers to be featured in Tweed Run Tokyo 2019

Posted 20.10.19

The flag for Irish Tweed will be flying high as representatives of a visiting delegation from Ireland will join in the famous Tweed Run Tokyo 2019 on Sunday, 20 October. The Irish participants will take to the streets for the Tweed Run sporting clothing from the latest collections by celebrated Irish Tweed brands. Featured in the race will be classic tailoring by Magee 1866, Molloy & Sons in collaboration with Bernie Murphy, and Studio Donegal as well as Tweed caps by Hanna Hats along with luxurious knitwear by Fisherman Out of Ireland, all produced in Donegal. Tweed Run events promoting environmental awareness and sustainable fashion take place annually in Japan as well as other countries around the world with the dress code being Tweed for these group bicycle rides.

A Best Dressed award will also be presented by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, one of the 2019 sponsors of Tweed Run Tokyo. This prize will include a voucher for a three-piece suit by Magee 1866 and a range of contemporary design and craft from other leading Irish makers. The Irish cyclists will be Brian McGee, Market Development Director, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland; Rosy Temple, Marketing Manager, Magee 1866; John Patrick Hanna, Sales Manager, Hanna Hats; John Hayes, General Manager, Fisherman Out of Ireland; and Siobhan Kehoe, Sales Director, Rathbornes 1488.

Ireland’s participation in Tweed Run Tokyo is part of an exciting programme of events in Tokyo organised by DCCoI with the support of Enterprise Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Japan with the aim of raising awareness in the Japanese market of the quality and diversity of contemporary Irish design and craft. Luxurious knitwear and Irish Tweed clothing by Irish designers and craftspeople will be part of a showcase of work which takes place during the same week as Tokyo Fashion Week. These events coincide with the official Ireland-Asia trade and investment mission led by Ireland’s Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, T.D.

While Japan and Ireland are on opposite sides of the world, they have much in common, such as a strong history of creativity and craftsmanship. Ireland’s rich heritage in textiles like tweed, linen and Aran knitwear is being reenergised through contemporary design. This is leading to the creation of exquisite fashion collections that reflect the diverse faces of modern Ireland and appeal to consumers seeking clothing with authenticity and provenance.

All Irish brands presenting their work Japan are exhibiting at Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo™ in Dublin, 19 – 22 January 2020. Showcase is one of the Ireland’s largest and most important international trade fairs which takes place in Dublin each January. DCCoI is the main driver behind this world-class annual fair focused on Irish creativity, offering visiting buyers an unparalleled opportunity to meet with over 400 of Ireland’s leading designers, manufacturers and craftspeople. The show is promoted internationally by Enterprise Ireland and buyers attend Showcase from 26 countries around the world to source apparel, knitwear, jewellery and homeware lifestyle products from Ireland. The show is for trade attendance only.

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has over 60 member organisations and more than 3,000 registered clients.

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